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Researcher Questions Whether Pre-K Supply Meets Demand in NYC

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

WNYC
A high-profile researcher claims there could be many more families who need full-day pre-k classes than the city thinks, but Mayor de Blasio's administration is confident about its math.
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Educators Go Silent on State Tests, More Than Last Year

Friday, April 17, 2015

Concerns about the state tests may be legion, or they may comprise a small fraction of public opinion. We don't know because most educators are too nervous to talk about them.
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Testing Period Is a Test of Stamina

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Sitting for lengthy exams is no small task.
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Long Island School Districts Confront Sharp Uptick in Test Refusals

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The opt out movement is growing statewide, including in New York City. But Long Island school districts are seeing especially large numbers of students sitting out the tests.
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Tisch: Political Battle Over Teacher Evals Spurred Opt Out Movement

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

WNYC
New York's Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch said she didn’t expect so much uproar about testing when she suggested changes to the teacher evaluation system last year.
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Thousands Across New York Opt Out of State Exams

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

WNYC
Figures coming in from small school districts and in-field guesstimates suggest opt-out rates for the state's annual tests are on the rise.
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Six More NYC Schools Land on State's 'Out of Time' List

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

WNYC
New York's Department of Education has added six low-performing city schools to a watch list for those most in need of dramatic interventions.
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Small Uptick in First Choice Matches for Kindergarten

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

This year more families got into their first and second choices for kindergarten in a public school than last year. Ten percent of applicants did not get into any school on their list. 
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Brooklyn Principal Lures Local Parents to a Middle School in Transition

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

WNYC
A middle school in Cobble Hill decided to improve its reputation, and its chance of survival, by collaborating with local families who previously shunned it for more prestigious schools.
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Parents Get An Earful on Opting Out of the State Tests

Monday, April 13, 2015

Some advocate refusing the tests. Others wholeheartedly support them. And then there are parents in the middle, trying to make the next two weeks of state tests not such a big deal.  
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NYC City Council Presses for More School Crossing Guards

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

With the city budget under review, local leaders are calling for more funding to hire school crossing guards and beef up protection at dangerous intersections. .
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NYC Families Get Word of Eligibility for Gifted Classes

Monday, April 06, 2015

Education officials on Monday sent out emails and letters to parents telling them whether their child qualified for a gifted and talented class. 
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In the Name of Fairness, Special Needs Students Struggle Through Testing

Monday, April 06, 2015

Federal law requires that students with disabilities have access to the same material as their non-disabled peers, including state tests. But the end result may not be fair after all.
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Opting Out of State Tests is Cause For Concern For Some School Leaders

Thursday, April 02, 2015

A boycott of state tests for New York's schoolchildren could have far-reaching consequences, and that worries the head of school board members.
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Cuomo: Budget Was Victory Over 'Formidable' Opposition

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

WNYC
Gov. Andrew Cuomo took a victory lap on Wednesday, claiming the new state budget includes a better teacher evaluation system despite tough opposition from the teachers union.
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New York Budget Increases School Funding, Amends Teacher Eval Rules

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

WNYC
Under deadline pressure, Democrats in Albany reluctantly agreed to a deal on how teachers are evaluated despite opposition from educators and policy makers across the state.
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Education Partisans Vow to Keep Fighting on Items Excluded From Budget Deal

Monday, March 30, 2015

The future of teacher evaluations, mayoral control of the city schools and the DREAM Act are still uncertain now that they're left out of the state budget.
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Students Claim City Sports Program Discriminates Against Small Schools

Thursday, March 26, 2015

WNYC
Student athletes protested at a City Council hearing — they say city funding favors big schools with more white students.
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The City’s Grab for Pre-K Space Irks Some Parent Leaders

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A group of Queens parents contends that the city is bypassing a standard approval process with its plan to site pre-k classes in buildings with existing schools.
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Charter Leader Moskowitz Defends Her Policies, Won't Say if She's Running for Mayor

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

WNYC
In an interview on WNYC's Brian Leher Show, charter school leader and lightning rod Eva Moskowitz defended her schools and her policy of not filling empty seats in upper grades.
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